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Author Melancon, Trimiko, 1977- author.

Title Unbought and unbossed : transgressive black women, sexuality, and representation / Trimiko Melancon.

Publication Info. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    810.99287 MEL    Available
Description xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-225) and index.
Contents "New World Black and New World Woman": Or, Beyond the Classical Black Female Script -- Toward an Aesthetic of Transgression: Ann Allen Shockley's Loving Her and the Politics of Same-Gender Loving -- Negotiating Cultural Politics -- "That Way Lies Madness": Sexuality, Violent Excess, and Perverse Desire -- "Between a Rock and a Hard Place": Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place.
Summary "Unbought and Unbossed critically examines the ways black women writers in the 1970s and early 1980s deploy black female characters that transgress racial, gender, and especially sexual boundaries. Trimiko Melancon analyzes literary and cultural texts, including Toni Morrison's Sula and Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place, in the socio-cultural and historical moments of their production. She shows how representations of black women in the American literary and cultural imagination diverge from stereotypes and constructions of "whiteness," as well as constructions of female identity imposed by black nationalism. Drawing from black feminist and critical race theories, historical discourses on gender and sexuality, and literary criticism, Melancon explores the variety and complexity of black female identity. She illuminates how authors including Ann Allen Shockley, Alice Walker, and Gayl Jones engage issues of desire, intimacy, and independence to shed light on a more complex black identity, one ungoverned by rigid politics over-determined by race, gender and sexuality. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women, Black -- Race identity.
Women, Black, in literature.
ISBN 9781439911464 (paper : alk. paper)
1439911460 (paper : alk. paper)

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